Maj.-Gen. Ohwonigho Akpor, the newly appointed Director of Defence Information, has urged the media to continue advancing national security while acting as the society’s watchdog.
Akpor made the decision while taking over the directorate on Friday in Abuja.
He promised to gradually maintain and strengthen existing media and military cooperation in order to build a more peaceful and progressive nation.
According to him, the media is critical for informing the public about military operations, but the media also relies heavily on the military to carry out its mandate.
“Suffice it to say that, while performing its watchdog functions, the media must never lose sight of the critical role it plays in advancing the course of national security,” he said.
According to Akpor, the military, along with other security agencies, has been at the forefront of preserving the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as facilitating economic, political, and energy security, among other aspects of national security.
According to the spokesman, the morale component has remained an important component of fighting power, allowing personnel to fight efficiently, overcoming all difficulties while carrying out their constitutional roles.
He did, however, urge the media to play a role in maintaining the morale of the citizenry, particularly the personnel of the military and other security agencies engaged in addressing the nation’s current security challenges.
“As members of the press, you will continue to make an important contribution to national security by maintaining military morale.”
“I must commend the Defence Correspondents for their professionalism in covering and reporting on defense and security issues.”
“I sincerely implore you to remain patriotic while adhering to the ethical journalistic norms of objectivity, fairness, and balance in reporting defense-related issues, as we work together to build the Nigeria of our dreams,” he said.
Air Commodore WAP Maigida, the recently retired Acting Director of Defence Information, stated that the military had effectively harnessed public support and goodwill by utilizing media platforms to achieve success in its engagements.
Maigida, who has been appointed Commander of the 551 Nigerian Air Force Station in Jos, stated that the directorate also achieved milestones in the area of military-media relations during his tenure through capacity building and other activities.
He urged the media to remain patriotic in their coverage and reporting of national security issues and events, while adhering to ethical standards in journalism practice. (NAN)